The car is finally back to Bonn… and Bernie really achieved the impossible! He flew to Moscow on Friday and picked up the car from the forwarder on Saturday at 10:00. I told you that according to the planned route he would have to drive some 2,500km, but in reality it was even a little … Continue reading Day +18 (Bonn, DE) – 18,703 km …Bernie did it! …and thanks to all of you for your continued support during and before the trip!
To my surprise the car is already in Moscow and Bernie flew there yesterday to pick it up and drive it back. It is some long distance to go and he plans to do that, starting today and finishing on Sunday… that’s really a lot, especially given the fact that he has to cross another … Continue reading Day +10 (Moscow, RU) – 15,744 km …a wrap-up in emotions!
The journey, without arrival and departure day, took us 44 days. Actually we can say that we were in time and in budget… not so much in plan, though 😉 In fact we had to recalculate and redo our planning several times during our journey and only our strong efforts, including several night drives, made … Continue reading Day +4 (Vienna, AT) – 15,744 km …a wrap-up in numbers!
Whatever that means “a normal life”? But most definitely it is time to go back to Austria and today I will take my flights out of Irkutsk and via Moscow back to Vienna… I don’t know if many of you know, but I actually was afraid to fly not long ago… every little hiccup made … Continue reading Day 45 (Vienna, AT) – 15,744 km …it’s time to go back to a normal life!
Today morning Bernie took a cab to the airport and I started procedures to hand the car over to the forwarder… I had an address in Cyrillic and a telephone number… Whatsapp didn’t work on the number so I asked the receptionist to help out and call. She reached the guy and explained to me … Continue reading Day 44 (Irkutsk, RU) – 15,744 km …Bernie is out, the car is gone – I feel alone ;)
In most of the countries that we passed, or let’s say from Georgia onwards, you will find many things written in Cyrillic script… it was a bit of a problem in the beginning because I didn’t have any clue how to decipher information, traffic signs and especially city names… now most of the countries have … Continue reading Day 43 (Irkutsk, RU) – 15,710 …NPKYTCK !!!
Annex to yesterday night: It was supposed to be Bernie’s last night with me on Saturday because he wanted to fly out of Ulaanbaatar on Sunday so we decided to go out and enjoy a Saturday night in the capital of Mongolia. We went to a restaurant to have a steak and afterwards went to … Continue reading Day 42 (Ulan Ude, RU) – 15,220 …of discotheques and angry husbands!
…city tourism on a rainy day 😉 Thinking back, it was actually raining most of the days that we spent on the road in Mongolia. Not always but at least once a day for a couple of hours. That’s remarkable because apart from the night that we spent in Kyrgyz mountains this is the only … Continue reading Day 41 (Ulaanbaatar, MN) – 14,826 There is nothing more exciting than…
In the morning we started at 6:30 from our wild camping site and finished the mud road experience, that I already described in yesterday’s text… in the end it was some 280km, probably because we took two detours at night when we lost the main track and also because we never knew which of the … Continue reading Day 40 (Ulaanbaatar, MN) – 14,826 …finally we are back on “normal” roads 😉
Last night, sleeping in the Mongol steppe, I finally got what I was missing in the night that we spent sleeping in the car in the Kyrgyz mountains, a sky full of 1,000,000 starts! It was wonderful to watch although it was actually too cold to stay outside of the car for very long and … Continue reading Day 39 (on the road, MN) – 13,853 …15.5 hours for only 375 kilometres, very demanding mud roads!